India. Wheat output to hit record high of 98 million tonnes despite soaring mercury


India’s wheat output will not suffer because of increased temperatures, as the crop nearing harvest in the top producing states of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh has passed the stage where it was vulnerable to the change in weather, said the head of a top government research institute.

Gyanendra Pratap Singh of the Directorate of Wheat Research at Karnal, Haryana, predicted production of the grain this crop year to be an all-time high at 97-98 million tonnes, or even to touch 100 million mark.

A bumper rabi production should ease the pressure on household budgets and boost consumer spending. A sudden increase in temperatures in the past week had raised fears that the wheat crop may take a hit.


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